Armor - Single (2020)
Review By TeKay
May 21, 2021
Armor by solo artist Cecilia is the slow jam message song of the year. It has a great laid back vibe with some of the smoothest vocal blend that I've heard in a long time. The musicality of Janet "Cecilia" Pugh and John Malone, Jr. is a ridiculous pairing. Malone is the foundation of the track with a resonant bass that just sits in the perfect pocket. He uses the percussive attack on syllables to maintain the rhythmic element to the song. Cecilia's vocal flexibility in color and control is beyond reproach. She hits when necessary, but otherwise it's like listening to a cloud float.
Tim Anderson, Jr. provides tenor vocals on the track that soar as well. He is the definition of crazysexygood. According to Cecilia's website, it was his sermon that inspired the track. The lyrics by Jasmine Malone and Pugh are somewhat simplistic, but effective all the time; they could be the only drawback to the track if you aren't of a religious bent. I wish the production made the lyrics a little clearer because upon the first few dozen listens I thought the track was a throwback to Madonna's Papa Don't Preach in subject matter, when in fact it's about shoring up your proective shield against the "devil" with God's love.
Cecilia is definitely one to listen to and love. Armor is far too short of a track to get the real essence of what this artist is about, but it is a great introduction to Cecilia's talents.